Innovation is the key to growth

ecia-5Innovation is the lifeblood of the electronics industry and will take center stage at the 2016 ECIA Executive Conference with a headline speech from co-founder of Arduino, Massimo Banzi.

Whether through new processes that enable greater supply chain efficiency or the latest must-have technological wonders, innovation regularly destroys and transforms ‘business as usual’ in the electronics industry. Companies must learn to embrace innovation with a nimbleness that proves their ingenuity and agility. The 2016 executive conference presentations therefore aim to provide industry-specific tools to identify and understand how new technology and processes can benefit your business.

This one-and-a-half-day conference provides plenty of networking opportunities coupled with presentations designed to broaden your perspective and show how industry innovation can enhance your company’s bottom line. From hosted receptions to breaks, attendees can link up with old friends and make new acquaintances at this executive networking event.

Year-after-year, the conference provides an opportunity to network with the who’s who of the industry, including the senior management teams of leading edge electronics companies. The conference promises an in-depth look at the electronics components industry and is geared towards industry-specific education and fostering meaningful relationships across this section of the supply chain network. An event mobile app helps delegates connect ahead of time with attendees and speakers.

Inspiring innovation

The 2016 conference focuses on innovations in technology, data processes and customer service.

Sponsored by Intel, the keynote for the opening day is co-founder of Arduino, Massimo Banzi, described as an inspiration to a worldwide community of makers. Banzi will provide insight on how makers choose parts, the success factors that drive the adoption of a specific part and how component manufacturers can make their products more appealing to this creative and influential community.

Other presentations focus on methods of fostering a creative spirit in employees; structuring your business to be transformative; learning how to incorporate tactics to provide the best customer experience, to stay ahead of the curve and to ultimately increase sales.

Explore the economic landscape with James Doti of Chapman University and Nick Hawtrey of Allied Electronics. Smart cities and their opportunity potential will be discussed by Digi International’s Joel Young, while Newark element 14’s Dianne Kibbey and Cliff Ortmeyer will examine the implications of the internet of things.

Embedded systems evolution will be discussed by John Salemme of Avnet Embedded and two views of transformation within the EMS world will be offered by Don Hnatysin, Jabil and Cameron Ward of Flex.

Other topics include best practice in effectively managing ever increasing data collection and the way in which diversity and inclusion can offer companies a competitive edge. Finally, there will be a discussion of the impact and opportunity of some industry disruptors by Alex Gabbi of Global Innovation Village. John Denslinger will also showcase the ECIA’s accomplishments and future goals.

ECIA initiatives

Conference attendees have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of three key ECIA association initiatives at the conference. Informal roundtables allow time to ask questions and gain more in-depth understanding of how to best utilize ECIA resources.

Learn how to tap into a pool of experienced personnel by hiring veterans; they are prepared with a breadth of experience and possess many sought after characteristics. Hiring Our Heroes, a division of the US Chamber of Commerce, provides an employer roadmap.

First Robotics is another initiative. Delegates can learn firsthand from companies that have participated and reaped the benefits of getting involved, giving back and engaging a workforce.

Finally, companies have a great recruiting potential in local universities and trade schools. The university engagement initiative shows how engaging with the right people can make your business a valued partner for new hires and interns.

Coming together

Overall, ECIA provides resources and opportunities for members to improve their business performance while enhancing the industry’s capacity for growth and profitability. From driving critical conversations and process optimization to product authentication and industry advocacy, ECIA is a trusted source for support, insight and action.

Bringing together the experience of a broad array of industry leaders and professionals from across the electronics components supply chain, ECIA, and its executive conference, facilitates individual connection as well as industry-wide collaboration. As the supply chain becomes increasingly complex, ECIA aims to serve as a nexus for progress.

As an organization made up of electronic component manufacturers, their manufacturer representatives and authorized distributors, ECIA members share a common goal of promoting and improving the business environment for the authorized sale of electronic components to the end customer. In doing so, it contributes to making the Americas region more competitive in the design and production of electronic goods.